Oshawa's Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School Profiled for Literacy Success

    CENTRAL ONTARIO, June 11 /CNW/ - Of the hundreds of publicly funded
schools across Ontario, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
has selected Oshawa's Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School as one
of three schools to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the
2007-2008 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The profiled schools
are noted for their success at raising their students' literacy skills, as
demonstrated by improved OSSLT scores over the years. In the report, staff
from Monsignor John Pereyma discuss what the results of EQAO's testing and
other data have taught them about their students, and the innovative
approaches staff are using to address their students' needs.

    Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School, Durham Catholic
    District School Board, Oshawa

    Situated in south Oshawa, Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary
School serves 750 students in Grades 9 through 12. The school population has
been relatively stable over the past five years and draws from seven feeder
    When the literacy committee at Monsignor John Pereyma examined the OSSLT
results, it found that many students did not know how to make connections, to
develop the main idea, to make inferences or to compare and contrast. One of
the first strategies that the literacy committee used was to review EQAO data
in the context of the school data.
    "The staff at Monsignor John Pereyma certainly live the Durham Catholic
District School Board's philosophy and have put the human element on the face
of data to ensure that every child will experience success as a member of the
Monsignor John Pereyma school community," Cathy Mouck, principal.
    Over the past several months, EQAO staff visited a number of Ontario's
secondary schools. It was clear to these representatives that educators are
regularly using the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify
students in need of support. EQAO's reliable and accurate data supports
continuous improvement in schools and boards and in individual students.
    The proactive identification of at-risk students, the alignment and
integration of literacy-focused curricula at both the elementary and the
secondary levels, and a literacy focus across all subject areas are just some
of the strategies that schools across Ontario are using to ensure the success
of their students.
    Today, EQAO published Ontario-wide school- and board-level results from
the 2007-2008 OSSLT on its Web site. School communities from across the
province are able to see the results of their collective efforts to improve
the literacy skills of their students at www.eqao.com.
    EQAO's provincial report and other information are also available online
at www.eqao.com.

For further information:

For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia
Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047, katia.collette@eqao.com

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